Sunday, September 22, 2013

Spooky dinner

September 22, 2013

It's here. My favorite dinner of the year. Our 6th year of our family tradition: spooky dinner. This year we decided to have it on the night that we decorated for Halloween as a way to bring in the holiday season.

The kids helped to plan some of the items and even helped prepare some of them. It is such a fun time. Let me tell you about the giggles....

We feasted on bugs, eyeballs, flesh dip, a man eater, kitty litter, and dirty worms. We washed it all down with some pond punch that was filled with fish, fish eggs, and a worm. Sound delicious?! It was!

Our bugs were olives with clove heads and rosemary sprig legs. Our eyeballs were babybel cheese with olive and pizza sauce pupils. The flesh dip. Ha. We took a skull decoration and covered it with chive and onion cream cheese. My hubby added yellow and orange food coloring to the cream cheese to make it a fleshy color. He also added on mushroom and olive eyes along with eyebrows and some wounds. Our man eater was a beet burger. This was our first time making these. My hubby put together 1 cup of shredded beet, 1 cup of rice, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, a tablespoon of fennel, 3 tablespoons of onion, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1 tablespoon of mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic & wine seasoning. He cooked them in a little olive oil. He made faces on the man and the man eating bun. Our kitty litter was a marble cake. We topped it with graham cracker crumbs that we mixed with coconut creme pudding. It was topped with some extra graham cracker crumbs. Tootsie rolls mold into perfect turds after being microwaved for 15 seconds. Everyone loves to shape turds. Ha! What better way to serve it up than with a kitty litter scooper! Dirty worms are smushed up black beans for the dirt. The worms are hotdogs that are sliced thin then cooked in boiling water for about 30 seconds or until they begin to curl. Pond punch was half sprite and half lemonade. We added a swedish fish candy and a gummy worm. We also needed fish eggs for it. I cooked small tapioca pearls for about 20 minutes. I split them into two bowls (along with the water they cooked in) and added food coloring. One bowl got 4 drops of blue. One bowl got 3 drops of yellow and one drop of green. Also, I stirred in 2 tablespoons of sugar into each bowl. They sit for 20 minutes. Next, you need to drain and rinse them in cold water. My new skimmer came in very handy. Voila. Pond punch.

I can't begin to tell you the amount of laughter that filled our house tonight. Or how many times I heard things such as "don't forget to eat your turd", "what species is that feces", and "you're gonna give him pink eye" (as my son used a pepper strip to "pick" the nose of the skull and then smear the flesh dip across the skull's mushroom eye). Ha! The fish eggs were unreal. The texture was perfect! Besides having a ton of fun, we also found a new recipe that we like: the beet burgers. They need something to help them hold together a little better but the flavor was incredible. There is some leftover shredded beet and I can't wait to figure out something else to make with them. Spooky dinner 2013 was spooktacular!

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